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City supports ArtsAbility<span><p style="text-align:justify;">The festival's focus this year is on solo performances and celebrates artists with and without disabilities. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Artscape hosts the annual ArtsAbility Festival which celebrates artists and choreographers living without and those living with disabilities. The festival's focus this year is on solo performances by these artists and choreographers who work to continue to bring awareness of disability and inclusion through their cutting-edge work. The festival is hosted alongside the seventh African Network for Evidence-to-Action in Disability (AfriNEAD) Conference which started yesterday, Wednesday 29 November, and will conclude on Sunday, 3 December.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:943px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span><p>'The City is committed to supporting programmes that are not only inclusive, but that provide opportunities for participants to showcase their talent. Art brings us together, helps us communicate and understand our world, and allows us to be open to new ideas and experiences. Artscape continues to break barriers and the City is proud to fund programmes which allows all our residents to be a part of the arts,' said Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Patricia van der Ross.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Prior to the festival, Unmute Dance Theatre worked with a group of young people from Scotland, creating a work together.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The outcome of this residency is a highlight of the festival, as well as works from a three-week-long ArtsAbility residency.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" /> </figure>​​</span><p style="text-align:justify;">Unmute Dance Theatre is a South African-based inclusive company of artists who have been at the forefront of raising awareness of the challenges performing artists face daily in the world of theatre. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">It was founded in 2013 for artists with mixed abilities and disabilities, it uses physical theatre, contemporary dance, sign language dance and integrated dance to create awareness of accessibility, integration and inclusion of people with disability within the mainstream society.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>The 7</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> AfriNEAD Conference 29 November - 3 December</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">AfriNEAD was founded in 2007 as a flagship project of the Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation Studies at Stellenbosch University to ensure that networking and research contribute to a better quality of life for people with disabilities in Africa.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">For exhibitions, pre-conference and post conference events, workshops, and conference related queries contact Hillary Lane: <a href=""></a> and your email will be answered ASAP.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>ArtsAbility residency outcomes </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The ArtsAbility Residency Programme is an annual residency hosted and led by Unmute Dance Theatre. This residency is aimed at bringing together artists, choreographers, directors of different art forms, communities and countries. Work centres on inclusivity and integration, encouraging artists with and without disabilities to work together and to work more inclusively. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Since the beginning of November, two choreographers and a group of dancers with and without disabilities have worked together and the two works created will be presented on Saturday, 2 December.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Artist Collaboration/Diversity in Dance Vol 2</strong></p><p>A partnership between Artscape, Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival,</p><p>Edinburgh Festival Carnival and Edinburgh College in Scotland</p><p style="text-align:justify;">During November, Unmute hosted a group of students from Edinburgh College and created work centred around coming together as artists from different backgrounds, cultures, art forms and countries. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">This particular programme aims to expose all artists to different cultures through performing arts and engagement, creating a standard of work that is recognised on a global stage, while creating moving experiences for audiences to enjoy. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">This will be presented on 2 and 3 December.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">'As a government institution, Artscape is committed to an ongoing process of bringing persons with disabilities into the mainstream of research and working within the arts. At Artscape we put action to words by positioning the institution as a transformed and transforming space, especially by including people with disabilities and addressing the impact of the historical marginalisation of certain population groups within the South African context. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">'Our structural changes include lowering bars for wheelchair users, a special carpet for partially sighted persons to navigate their way around the different theatres, the loop system for hard of hearing to cut out the white noise in the theatres, a comfort room for parents with children with disabilities when they need privacy to feed and for a patron using a body bag to have privacy, to name a few. We also promote equal employment opportunities for people with disabilities and create performing spaces for the same,' said Dr Marlene le Roux, CEO of Artscape.</p><p> </p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><br></p>2023-11-29T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#8974ffd2-9190-4660-b4b6-29dc6f01ee67;L0|#08974ffd2-9190-4660-b4b6-29dc6f01ee67|Disability;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#15bec132-6849-4361-9d55-be159ba4d8a4;L0|#015bec132-6849-4361-9d55-be159ba4d8a4|arts;GP0|#b34bd4aa-e5bf-419a-be7f-eecc4d5750ca;L0|#0b34bd4aa-e5bf-419a-be7f-eecc4d5750ca|dance10

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